We have been continually monitoring our risk assessment for Covid as required and have now made the decision to remove the rule of wearing face coverings at the field. Most if not all our members should have by now received at least their first vaccination so it seems the time is right to move forward. We have done what we could when needed to maintain the safety of our members and still let them fly if they so wished, as and when we were allowed to. We will re-open our doors to visitors as well, all we ask of them is that they honour the distancing rules. We still need to keep safe but we do need to now keep moving forward out of this troubled time. Hope to see you at the field soon.
We managed to get a couple of days flying in on the 30th and 31st March to break us in gently, then the weather deteriorated again, now that wasn’t expected was it? 🙂 Those that attended had a good session and all managed to keep their distances fairly well and had their face coverings as added protection. The bench spacings and protocols seem to work fine for us.
We cannot entertain visitors as yet but we can have potential new members as we are currently members only. Let us hope we are on the final road out of Covid.
Doesn’t time go slowly when you are waiting for something to happen. 🙂 Come on the 29th….. We want back in the air!!
Under the Governments release from lockdown strategy we are hoping that we can resume flying again on the 29th March 2021. Keep the fingers crossed that the idiot fraternity don’t screw it up for everyone.
The CAA may have found a little wisdom, they have dropped the minimum age requirements for Drones. Does this mean that someone has realised they are extracting the urine for a HOBBY that people have? The CAA website now states:
<QUOTE>28 January 2021 – The UK Government has now removed the minimum age requirement for remote pilots operating a UAS in the Open and Specific categories.
The competency requirements are unchanged, but from this date, the 12 years of age (Open category) and 14 years of age (Specific category) limits no longer apply.
Articles 9 and 9A of the UAS Implementing Regulation (EU 2019/947) have been deleted completely; the full details can be found in Statutory Instrument 2021 No. 10.
CAP 722, CAP 1789A and our factsheets (CAPs 2003-2008 and 2012) will be updated shortly.</QUOTE>
We live in hope! 🙂
The responsible actions of the host Airfield and the NMFC going into a full lock down state appear to have been fully justified by the continuing high number of daily infections and deaths and yet we still see people ignoring the rules in our local Towns. It really does beg the question ‘What is wrong with people?’
I think anyone with any common knew this was coming. We have been informed we are to go into Tier 4 from the 26th December. With the restrictions imposed by this move we and the Airfield have decided that we will go into total lock down until we are released.
Our Competition Secretary and Newsletter Editor has decided to resign his posts. We thank him for his contributions. The competitions will continue and we will produce a newly revamped and redirected newsletter once or possible twice a year. The first of these will be in January 2021.
As things currently stand and under the Governments directives we are set to re-open on the 3rd December. Seems clarification of the wording was needed and everything now moves from lockdown to the relevant Tier rules on the 2nd December !!
The fee’s for 2021 for the NMFC, BMFA, and the CAA Tax are all staying the same for 2021. A little good news in all the gloom. 🙂